Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s Honorary Doctorate, 15 years on

December 13 / 125

Mr Christopher Lamb, presenting Daw Aung San Suu Kyi with a photograph of her late husband  in 1998 accepting her Honorary Doctorate of Laws.
Mr Christopher Lamb, presenting Daw Aung San Suu Kyi with a photograph of her late husband in 1998 accepting her Honorary Doctorate of Laws.

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, Burma’s opposition leader and chairperson of the National League for Democracy has been presented in person with a record of her University of Melbourne Honorary Doctorate of Laws, 15 years after it was first bestowed to her husband in her absence.

Ms Suu Kyi, who spent 15 years under house arrest while her country was under military rule, recently visited Australia and was greeted by thousands of Burmese migrants, refugees and their families at a community event in Dandenong.

Mr Christopher Lamb, former Ambassador to Myanmar and Honorary Associate Professor at the University presented Ms Suu Kyi with a photograph of her late husband Michael Aris accepting the award on her behalf in 1998.

Mr Lamb said it was a great honour to present the photograph to her in person.

“The organisers told me not to tell anyone what I would be presenting, as they wanted it to be a surprise, but by the time I got to the stage she had seen it, of course, and she was visibly touched,” he said.

 “Many thanks to the University and to the Burmese community in Melbourne for making this possible at the wonderful event they arranged for her.

“It is a good mark of the University's respect for her and it was very happily received”.

Ms Suu Kyi visted Melbourne as part of a five-day tour of Australia during which she also visited Sydney and Canberra. In Melbourne she also received the Desmond Tutu award for her work on national reconciliation.

She concluded her visit with an address to the World AIDS Day event at Government House in Melbourne.

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